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Existing Building Stock Presents Retrofit Opportunity

Existing Building Stock Presents Retrofit Opportunity

Today, energy efficient standards for new commercial building construction are being integrated on the systems level into High Performance Buildings (HPBs) to create spaces that optimize energy efficiency and create high-occupant-productivity.  I don’t know about you readers out there, but I’d have to agree with NEMA’s Director of HPBs; when I hear people talking about “net-zero” buildings and “BIM” (Building…

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End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

America’s 234th birthday wasn’t the only milestone reached last week; last week also marked the (effective) end of the magnetic ballast era.  Since the fluorescent lamp was commercially introduced in the 1940s, it has been coupled with the magnetic ballast to regulate the electricity flowing into the lamp.  As of July 1, 2010, many popular magnetic ballasts can no longer…

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MPGs and LEDs

MPGs and LEDs

Much the way that MPGs and Hybrids are all the rage these days in the auto industry, LED lamps have been the headline grabbing technology in the lighting realm for the past few years.  With all the craze surrounding LED lamps as the lighting efficiency savior, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and assume LED lamps…

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enLIGHTen America is heading to Cali

enLIGHTen America is heading to Cali

In late 2008, NEMA’s Lighting Systems Division embarked on a joint marketing campaign, enLIGHTen America, to promote energy-efficient lighting upgrades for new and existing buildings (commercial, industrial, and institutional) and disseminate information about lighting and lighting controls that will save energy, provide a return on investment, and increase asset value.  To this end, over the last year and a half…

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Tight Balance Sheet? Look up…

Tight Balance Sheet? Look up…

Given the tenuous state of many corporate balance sheets these days, companies are looking anywhere and everywhere to reduce operating costs.  Those looking to save a buck need look no further than the lighting above their desks.  Lighting upgrades have the potential to significantly reduce overall energy costs and, for a limited time, until December 31, 2013, capital expenditures on…

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